Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Myth: Type 1 Diabetes Can be 'Controlled'.

Fact: Type 1 diabetes can not be controlled but it can be managed. A child with type 1 diabetes can eat whatever he wants, but it has to be covered with an insulin shot. Although we try our best to manage his blood sugar, sometimes things that cannot be explained happen and his sugar may spike or drop. One thing that I had to learn is that the numbers on the meter do not tell you if what you are doing is right or wrong, they simply tell you what is going on inside of the body so that you may act on it. The pancreas of a person with type 2 diabetes does still produce insulin, it just may not work or is not enough, whereas a pancreas of a type 1 diabetic eventually stops working altogether. We will never be able to control his diabetes but we can do what we can to keep it in between the lines.

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